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Four Kostelanetz & Fink Partners Recognized in 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

NEW YORK (August 15, 2018) — Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, partners Robert S. Fink, Bryan C. Skarlatos, Sharon L. McCarthy and Claude M. Millman were selected by their peers for the The Best Lawyers in America 2019.

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Robert S. Fink and Caroline Rule presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

On August 3, 2018, Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, presented Robert S. Fink with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Individuals profiled by Marquis Who's Who are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

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Bryan C. Skarlatos presented "Impact Of Federal Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Of 2017 For Matrimonial Judges” at the New York State Judicial Institute’s Judicial Summer Seminars 2018

The Judicial Institute provides statewide education and training for the judges and justices of the New York State Unified Court System. 

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Claude M. Millman presented "Common Ethical Issues In Government Contracting” at a Lawline Webinar

Topics covered included gifts, entertainment, and favors when dealing with public servants; dealing with public servants with dual positions, or those who misuse their positions; managing “revolving door” employment; and handling endorsements from governments. New York City’s conflicts of interest law was used as an example of how these issues may be regulated in particular jurisdictions.

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Caroline D. Ciraolo to offer New Course On Criminal Tax At University Of Baltimore

Caroline D. Ciraolo has joined the faculty of the University of Baltimore Graduate Tax Program and will teach a new course entitled "Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Tax Crimes."

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Michael Sardar presented "Representing The Taxpayer Without Records, How And When Can A Preparer Use Taxpayer Estimates & Reconstructions To Prepare A Return" at the 2018 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum

In the event of a loss of client records or due to poor record keeping, a paid preparer may need to help his client reconstruct the records. 

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Caroline D. Ciraolo presented the keynote address "Tax: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" at the Accounting & Finance Show

Topics included: The Current Landscape - enforcement priorities of the IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division and Best practices - addressing sophisticated and complex tax controversies.

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Caroline Rule published a three-part "Sound Advice" audio presentation entitled "The Kovel Privilege: Using The Services Of A Non-Testifying Third-Party Expert Without Waiving The Attorney-Client Privilege"

A three-part series presented by Caroline Rule that explores the Kovel privilege and offers suggestions for preserving the attorney-client privilege while using the services of a non-testifying third party expert. 

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Supreme Court Overturns Decades-Old Precedent; Allows States To Tax Retailers Doing Business In States Without Physical Presence

On June 21, 2018, in South Dakota v. Wayfair,[1] the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the long standing “physical presence test” established under Quill Corp. v. North Dakota[2] (“Quill”) to determine whether there is a sufficient nexus for a state to require an out-of-state retailer to collect and remit sales tax for conducting business within its borders. In doing so, the Court has paved the way for states to impose sales taxes on out-of-state online retailers, which could allow the states to claim an estimated $8 to $33 billion in additional revenue per year.

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Kostelanetz & Fink DC Office Welcomes New Team Members

Kostelanetz & Fink is pleased to announce two additions to the DC Office.

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